Date: October 15, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Online

A virtual conference for K-8 educators on the use of global literature in classrooms will be held on October 15, 2022, 9:00 a.m.-12:00  AZ (12-3 ET). To see what time it starts outside Arizona, click here.

The presenters are classroom teachers who are members of study groups that have been exploring different ways of engaging with global literature in their elementary and middle school classrooms. After an opening keynote, there will be breakout groups with presentations by teachers. We are very excited about the various issues, strategies, and engagements that will be shared during our conference.

This virtual conference is free, but participants must register here: A Zoom link will be sent closer to the time of the conference.


Schedule (9 am – 12 pm Arizona time, 12 – 3 pm ET)

9:00 – 9:40     Opening Speakers: Kathy Short and Cynthia Ryman: Creating a Curriculum that is Intercultural

9:45 – 10:15     Breakout Session 1

10:20-10:50     Breakout Session 2

10:55-11:25       Breakout Session 3

11:30-12:00      Town Hall


Breakout Session 1 (9:45-10:15): Book Selection

  • Jeanne Fain – Teachers’ use of 3 lenses for selecting global literature, Tennessee
  • Sue Parsons – Options when a global community is underserved in global publishing, Oklahoma
  • Kay Hones – Using print and audio to invite reluctant readers into global literacy, California

Breakout Session 2 (10:20-10:50): Multiple Perspectives and Cross-Cultural Explorations

  • Kait DeMoney – Exploring multiple perspectives in a literature unit. Washington
  • Junko Sakoi, Kathryn Chavez & Nalda Francisco – Cross-cultural inquiry in the Middle East and Muslim cultures, Tucson
  • Yuan Chen and Chang Pu– Cross-cultural inquiry through virtual exchanges across global settings, Atlanta and China

Breakout Session 3 (10:55-11:25): Exploring the Rights of Children through Global Literature 

  • Yoo Kyung Sung – Introduction to using an anchor text and text sets (10 minutes), New Mexico

          Breakouts (20 minutes):

  • Diana Botello – Exploring Migration with Young Children to Understand Self and Other
  • Amber Gordon – Engaging adults in children’s rights in a college writing class
  • Melody Magor-Begay – Seeing through the eyes of children on the Spectrum using literature

This virtual conference is offered in collaboration with Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures.